Department of Transportation starts Taguig transport terminal project

Manila traffic. (Photo: ABS-CBN News)
Manila traffic. (Photo: ABS-CBN News)

Going to other parts of the country via bus is going to get a whole lot easier.

The Department of Transportation (DoTr) held the groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Taguig Integrated Terminal Exchange (ITX) this morning. This means that buses going to various provinces will be moved away from Cubao to this new terminal in the south.

The ITX is a public-private partnership between the government and real estate developer Ayala Land Incorporated. It is part of the administration’s “Build Build Build” initiative which seeks to finish several infrastructure projects by 2022, the year Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends.

Transportation is a big problem in Manila. Although the city has a train system, it only goes to certain areas and routinely breaks down. Major roads are also almost always congested.

If everything goes according to plan, the ITX will be able to take on about 4,000 provincial buses that currently pass EDSA and other major roads by 2020, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

The ITX will be built inside the 5.6-hectare FTI compound in Taguig and will be dedicated to buses going to and coming from South Luzon, the Bicol region, and the islands of Visayas and Mindanao. Once the ITX is built, buses from those areas will no longer enter EDSA ave and will park in the terminal instead.

The terminal will also be connected to a railway station in the same area.

According to DoTr, the terminal will consist of six floors and will have a passenger terminal, a centralized ticketing area, business establishments, and a parking area for public utility vehicles.

Now, who’s excited to go on a road trip?

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